“[The Kingdom of God] is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she only put a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.” (Luke 13:21)
Metaphorical imagery. Love it. We are the dough. The woman is God. And the yeast is faith. Only a little thing, and yet is spreads throughout our lives until it is everywhere, all the time.
I used to be a baker and studied baking theory and practice at College. There is one type of dough which always fascinated me, we called it “ferment and dough”. The bread had two parts to the recipe. The dough part had all the regular stuff: flour, water, a bit of salt and a bit of fat. The ferment was yeast heaven! It had warm water, sugar and yeast. The bucket of ferment would be put in a nice warm cupboard (“prover”) for a while.
Eventually, the ferment would be taken out and it would be all frothy and milky. the two halves of the recipe would be mixed together and shaped into bread. The advantage was that the final proving time was reduced and the finished bread was lighter in texture.
I loved the idea of the yeast cells having a wild party in that bucket. All the sugar they could eat! Unlike the yeast in a normal loaf which has to fight against the gluten to get the bread raised.
How is your faith? Is it having a wild party or do you need more spiritual sugar?